Karl King Band announces next concert in Decker Auditorium Feb. 19

The Karl L. King Municipal Band will open their 2017 indoor season beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 in the Decker Auditorium at Iowa Central Community College. There is no admission charge, with these concerts being provided by the City of Fort Dodge. Jerrold P. Jimmerson is the conductor of the Karl King Band, with Dr. David Klee serving as assistant conductor.

This February 19th concert will be the Band’s annual tribute to former Conductor Karl L. King. A special afternoon of band music is being planned to include some of King’s best-known and most popular compositions, along with music that was published 100 years ago in 1917.

Selections to be performed from 1917 include King’s most famous overture, “The Golden Dragon”; an intermezzo, “Spanish Romance”; and two marches, “Sir Galahad” and “The Chevalier”. This second King composition was originally published using King’s pseudonym, Carl Lawrence.

Opening the concert will be Karl King’s tribute to the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus, “The New Madison Square Garden March”. Other selections by King on the program will include his most famous march composition, “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite”, and an exciting galop, “Eclipse”.

A medley that pays tribute to the most popular song of 1917, arranged by Ferde Grofe, is titled “Over There Fantasie”. This medley includes several songs of that year designed to help boost America’s morale during World War I.

Special guest soloist will be Tim Miller, trumpet, from Humboldt. Miller will perform two selections with the Band. First will be “Grand Russian Fantasia”, by J. Levy. The second selection, “Sleepy Lagoon”, by Eric Coates, is a beautiful, lilting waltz that was popular during the 1930’s.

This concert will close in the traditional way with the playing of our National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”. In case of inclement weather, the concert may be canceled. The next performance by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will be the annual Irish Concert on March 12 in Decker Auditorium.